The Arrozal, GGP and Sul América ceramic factories, located in Rio de Janeiro state, previously used heavy crude oil to fire their ceramic pieces. The latter is a fossil fuel derived from petrol, which emits soot when burnt, damaging the respiratory system. Furthermore, heavy oil is highly polluting and contributes to global warming. In response to this, the ceramic factories decided in 2006 to switch their fuel to renewable biomass (a clean source of energy) to run their kilns. Apart from reducing GHG emissions and, consequently, generating carbon credits, this switch promotes sustainable development in the surrounding community.
The hexagon demonstrates the continuous improvement of the project during all verification periods. The Social Carbon Standard encourages the reinvestment of a percentage of the income from the carbon credits in socioenvironmental benefits, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Social Carbon: far beyond carbon, it is social equality.
To calculate the Hexagon, the average of the values of each resource per point of the projects was made.
Social Carbon is a very cool project, as it is showing us opportunities and we generate opportunities for other people. With the project, instead of closing a school, we were able to revitalize it, which is very good for our community.
— Alice Vicente - Director of GGP Ceramic
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